Re: Japan attacks Panama Canal
- From: Chris <cmanteuf@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:42:26 -0500
On Jan 20, 9:16 am, "Bay Man"
That is where the Japanese failed. The follow up attack after Pearl should
have been the canal to prevent any reinforcements quickly getting to the
Pacific. If they could sail to Ceylon and fight they can sail to Panama.
That is not true.
The Japanese had made an advanced fleet base at Staring Bay on the
island of Sulawesi, where the Kido Butai refueled, rearmed, etc. from
March 9th to March 26 before setting out on Operation C. From there to
Colombo is just over 2600nm- a bit shorter than Hittokappu to Pearl
(3000 nm), so within the demonstrated range of the Kido Butai (though
some detours would be required for the Malay Peninsula). The Japanese
had no such handy base for a strike on the Canal: from Truk to the
Pacific terminus of the Canal is 7600nm, Rabaul is even farther (7700
nm). That is why striking the Panama Canal with the Kido Butai is
impossible: it would require operating at more than twice the best
range the Japanese ever demonstrated with their carrier fleet.
Even if they had captured Tahiti, that would have put them over 4400nm
from the Canal. Heck, let's say that they miraculously set up an
advance fleet base on Pitcairn Island- famously one of the most
isolated spots in the world- they are still over 3600 nm from the
Canal. The Pacific is a rather large place.
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